Episode 236: Dave O’Sullivan - Modern trends in high performance reconditioning

This episodes guest is Dave O'Sullivan from"Go To Physio".

Dave O’Sullivan is a consultant rugby physiotherapist for England Rugby Union who has worked at the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup in Japan and the 2020 Six Nations. He was also the England Rugby League Physiotherapist for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia. Dave has the unique honour to being involved in a World Cup Final in Rugby League and Rugby Union. Dave also is the clinical director of ProSport Physiotherapy in Huddersfield where he has a 5 treatment room private practice with 12 staf .

Dave is also currently working with Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves and Hull F.C and mentoring their Head Physiotherapists along side working with Professional Golfers and other top sporting professionals.

Dave set up The ProSport Academy ‘Go-To’ Therapist Mentorship in 2015 to give therapists an opportunity to learn how to treat the cause and not just the patient’s symptoms. Dave teaches his exact assessment, treatment and return to play rehab progressions in the mentorship alongside in-depth clinical reasoning of understanding the WHY. Dave has now mentored over 200 therapists from Ireland, U.K, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, U.SA and Canada.

On this episode Dave and I discuss:

  • Dave's background
  • Dave shares with us his rehabilitation system that he teaches within his mentorship
  • I ask Dave if he utilizes Newell's constraint-based approach in his rehab methodology?
  • I ask Dave for his thoughts on ACL and hamstring injuries and their rehabilitation 
  • I ask Dave for his thoughts on the efficacy of table tests and muscle testing and their carryover to ground based movements
  • I ask Dave if there is anything within the sports medicine field that he feels will have a big impact and influence on the profession in the future
  • I ask Dave for his top courses and resources
  • I ask Dave for his top and current book recommendations
  • If Dave could invite 5 people to dinner, dead or alive, who would he invite and why?

This was an outstanding episode and I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did!

Stay Strong,



Show Notes:

Website - prosportphysio.com

Website - thegotophysio.com

Facebook - @thegotophysio  · TV channel

Facebook - Prosport Physiotherapy Huddersfield Clinic

Twitter - @Physiohudds

Instagram - prosportphysio


Books Mentioned:

Louie Gifford - Aches and Pains

Beating Back Pain Without Pills, Injections And Surgery - The ProSport Physio Way

Practical Injury Prevention For Team Sports: How To Implement A World Class System In Amateur Or ProSport Without Expensive Equipment

Strength training and coordination: an integrative approach

Running: Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology in Practice

Tri-Phasic Training


Human Locomotion: The Conservative Management of Gait-Related Disorders

Fascial Manipulation® Practical Part – First Level

Fascial Manipulation Practical Part - Second Level

Visceral Manipulation (Revised Edition) 


People and Resources Mentioned:



Gary Gray

Frans Bosch

Postural Restoration Institute 

Colin Griffin

St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Munster Rugby

Newell's constraint-led approach

Leeds Rhino

Huddlersfield Giants

Sports Surgery Clinic

Seth O'Neill

Moshé Feldenkrais

Shirley Sahrmann

NeuroKinetic Therapy (NKT)

Gary Ward - AiM

Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

Michael Jordan

Louis Gifford

Dan Kennedy

Steve Jobs

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